Police arrest suspect in threat, lockdown at Mount Si High School

A lockdown of all Snoqualmie and North Bend Schools ended just before 10 a.m. Thursday, March 6, when police apprehended a man who'd threatened to kill people at "Snoqualmie High School."

No one was hurt in the incident, which began at 6:43 a.m. when the subject called 911 to issue his threats.

"Somebody did call in 911 threatening to do harm," at Mount Si High School, which is the district's only traditional high school, said Snoqualmie Police Captain Nick Almquist in a phone call after the man's capture, "and to basically kill law enforcement if he sees them."

School officials were notified of the threat, and as a precaution, they initiated a modified lockdown of most North Bend and Snoqualmie school buildings. King County dispatch kept the subject on the phone for most of the incident, Almquist said, and were able to determine his location in a North Bend home.

While Sheriff's deputies gathered a tactical team and negotiators in preparation of confronting the man, Snoqualmie Police brought in additional officers to establish a presence at North Bend, Opstad, and Snoqualmie Elementary Schools, Twin Falls Middle School, Two Rivers and the Mount Si Freshman Campus. Police established a command center at Mount Si High School, working with school administrators to coordinate communications.

The modified lockdown secured all entrances to the buildings, but allowed the school day to proceed as it normally would.

"At this time, it's just a precaution," said school district spokeswoman Carolyn Malcolm, during the lockdown.

Malcolm was notified at 9:50 a.m. that the man who'd made the threats was taken into custody peaceably.

"He basically surrendered," said Almquist. He couldn't say whether the man had any weapons, or comment further on the case, since King County has jurisdiction.

All school lockdowns were called off by 10 a.m.



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